A-10 Gets Wing Shot Off But BADASS Pilot Figured Something Out - Motto Monday


The Pilot’s Just As Tough As The Plane.

This almost unbelievable story comes to us from Operation Desert Storm. On February 6th, 1991, Captain Paul “JP” Johnson took off in his A-10 Thunderbolt II as he did dozens of times before. Regarded as one of the best A-10 pilots of all time, even he described his behavior that day as “driving his fangs into the floorboard, growing one eyebrow and saying “hoorah.”

"His right wing got hit by a SAM (surface-to-air missile) and when he looked outside, he could see his wheel. That’s something you shouldn’t be able to see if your plane was in one piece. After that, his expertly maneuvered his plane back, but it was the great features of the Hog that made this  a success story. Watch the video to see how that was possible. Orig story here"

MARSOC corpsman to receive Silver Star for thwarting insider attack


A Navy corpsman will receive the nation’s third-highest valor award Friday for taking out a rogue Afghan commando who tried to kill U.S. and Italian special operators in an insider attack.


Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alejandro Salabarria will be awarded the Silver Star for heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. The award will be presented by Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Read full story here

Marines fired commander days before deadly helicopter crash in Hawaii

You read it here, here and here about the continued development of the two CH 53 Helos that crashed in Hawaii. A late release per below shows there was more to the story (as there always is) and their CO was removed just 3 days prior to the accident. The Marine Corps maintains very high standards and when they aren't met, there is a reason and we fix it. Time for a C-Gar


Lt. Col. Edward Pavelka, the former commanding officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, was removed from his job Jan. 11 when superiors lost confidence in his ability to lead his Marines. (Photo: Marine Corps)

The Marine Corps helicopter squadron reeling from the recent deaths of 12 colleagues saw its commanding officer removed from his job three days prior to the tragedy because senior officials determined he had failed to keep the unit operating at acceptable standards, Marine Corps Times has learned.

Lt. Col. Edward Pavelka was relieved of command Jan. 11, multiple sources confirmed. On Jan. 14, two CH-53E helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during a nighttime training mission about two miles north of Hawaii's Oahu island, where the aircraft were based. Read full story here


Navy SEAL to receive Medal of Honor for hostage rescue

The Medal of Honor will be awarded this month to a Navy SEAL for his role in rescuing an American civilian being held hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the White House announced Tuesday.

President Barack Obama will award Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers the nation's highest medal for valor in combat.

The rescue of American medical doctor Dilip Joseph took place in eastern Afghanistan and also resulted in the death of a member of the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. Read more here

Generals say women should have to register for draft


Ladies desire to be treated and have the same opportunity to serve in the combat roles. OK, got it as long as they meet the current physical and mental requirements. If we “change” or reduce them so they pass then watch your military become weaker and weaker. I have zero issues serving next to any female who makes the grade just as her male counterpart next to her. However, if standards are lowered, we have a serious problem.(sign into Facebook to watch)

 Thus, if female warriors want to be treated equally, I fully support having them have to register for the draft. Equal rights means equal treatment, that’s a two way street ya know.  It will be interesting to see if it really happens or we simply just lower the required standards. Much of this will come into play on who the next President is for sure. Time for a C-Gar


WASHINGTON -- The top Army and Marine Corps generals say they believe all women should have to register for the draft now that combat jobs are open to them.

The military service leaders say they will not lower standards to bring women into the more grueling jobs. They told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it will take up to three years before the combat posts are fully integrated.

Army Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Gen. Robert Neller said women should be included in the requirement to register for the selective service at age 18. But Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Army Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy would only say that the issue should be discussed. Read full story here

Verizon gives automatic discount to 100,000 active duty

(Hat Tip: Marty @anysoldier.com)V

Service members, retirees and veterans are eligible for a 15 percent discount on monthly wireless service, Verizon announced Thursday.

The company has identified more than 100,000 accounts that are eligible for the discount, according to a press release, and the discount is being automatically applied to those accounts.

Those eligible can also receive a 25 percent discount on certain accessories such as select chargers, cases and extended batteries, and 12 percent off certain calling features, such as International Travel to Mexico and Canada, HUM by Verizon and Tech Coach.


Just did this to check it out and its pretty simple to do.

1. Go here

2. Validate your account by your phone number & last 4 of your SSN

3. Confirm DoD email on file or add it or validate military service by other means offered

4. Click button that send a confirmation to your DoD acnt.

5. Once you get it in your DoD acnt, it gets a little tricky but if this grunt can do it you can. In your Dod email acnt, the fire walls are going to prevent the formatted Verizon email to come through as they intended. Thus you will simply get several "links" in your DoD email account.

6. Send the email you received from Verizon from your DoD account to your personal account (Gmail,Hotmail etc)

7. Go to  your personal account, open the email you just sent yourself and scroll to the bottom of the email and click on it once

8. If you didn't screw this up, you will get a confirmation that you will automatically receive the discount.


Do it.


Time for a C-Gar